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Old 02-13-2017, 10:53 AM   #1
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Buying a High Milage Used RV

Hi, I'm stumped by this question and my wife (bless her heart) suggested that I might try an RV forum for an answer for this, so here's my question. By way of background, I'm looking at buying a used Class B RV, probably a somewhat older Roadtrek, Travel Leisure or Pleasure Way. My budget is around $40,000 and that seems to limit me to older, high milage gas-engine units. While I”d prefer a diesel, it just seems out of reach as they cost much more. Would it be feasible and maybe wise to buy an older, high milage unit and plan on having the engine rebuilt? I'll be putting a lot of miles on it so I don't want to buy one that already has high miles on the engine. Any problems with this approach? Am I most likely buying a string of problems in addition to just rebuilding the engine? Any ideas on what it cost to re-build a gas engine? Thanks for any input.
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What do you consider high miles? Most RVs sit more than they drive, so generally mileage isn't a big issue. Besides engine rebuild costs, also factor in transmission rebuild costs. Tire age is another big ticket consideration, most RVs age out tires rather than wear them out. I really can't give an estimate on rebuild costs, a lot depends on make and your location. I'd keep looking at diesel powered Class Bs, they are out there and usually aren't considered 'broken in' until 150,000 miles or more.
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We bought a 2000 Monaco Dynasty with 117K on it for very close to that figure. It was well cared for and in good condition. They're out there.
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High miles aren't as concerning as lack of maintenance. Given your numbers/interests, I would look for an older diesel, accepting higher miles in exchange for one you feel has been well maintained. If I can trust the seller, I feel better about my concerns.
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Thank you all for your replies. A diesel would definitely be the preferred way to go, I can't argue with that. I like the way they drive too! It's a matter of finding one in my price range. Guess I"m in no hurry. Maybe with the current price differential between diesel and gas, some people may be inclined to lower their dang proud prices!
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Define "High Mileage" and also, "How many miles (years)" you plan on keeping it.

On a gasser, I suspect about 70k miles is the first major "Maintenance" point. Things like new plugs and boots, brake pads, tranny filter/fluid change, rear end fluid change, shocks, tires, brake hoses and re-bleed, front re-pack, and grease, etc. Preventative Maintenance - perhaps replace, Water pump, belt, starter, alternator.

Once these things are done, it should be good for another 70k of trouble free driving. If you're a DIYer, these things are reasonable easy to do.

I put about 10k a year on my Mirada, All these things were done right after I bought it used, so I easily have 5-7 years of trouble free driving left in the Mirada before I need to do any of this again. 150k miles is not a problem for a gasser.

I'm also in the market for an "upgrade", probably in the $30k to $50k range. I've been looking at DPs, but after doing a lot of looking, I'm re-evaluating the DP and starting to once again look at gassers.
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Thank you all for your replies. A diesel would definitely be the preferred way to go, I can't argue with that. I like the way they drive too! It's a matter of finding one in my price range. Guess I"m in no hurry. Maybe with the current price differential between diesel and gas, some people may be inclined to lower their dang proud prices!
We looked for about 8 months to find the coach we bought. We pretty much drove all over Texas, almost every weekend, looking at coaches. We finally found our coach in Louisiana--we had to expand our range. We almost didn't go look at it because it was a bit farther and we were getting discouraged by what we were finding when we stepped into the RVs in our price range. You are looking at that one coach out of 50 that is in great condition even if it does have a few miles on it so set your expectations at the right level and don't settle.
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My first RV was purchased with 96K on it; we drove it for 10 years (about 3K per year) and it never missed a beat. Our next RV had only 38K when we purchased; the trans blew on the 4th trip! Point being, you just never know. Maint & upkeep are more important than overall miles (within reason), and unfortunately you just can never be 100% sure about those things on a used RV.
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